ZAPPATiKA! is a British-born Frank Zappa tribute band of international musicians who presently live near Amsterdam, Holland, that tour all over Europe playing their own original and very alternative music to live audiences, sometimes performing Frank Zappa tribute shows. Formed in the late 1990s by Keltik minstrel McINNES and bionic Indo-Dutch drummer BATTATUTTI – their intention was to perform Frank Zappa’s music and further develop and further modernize certain concepts and rhythmic and melodic principles contained in Zappa’s enormous catalogue of compositions as well as their own original compositions.
From United Mutations:
You get Zappa-inspired music, but it comes with beats, rhythms, samples and melodic patterns that one immediately connects to the contemporary dance scene. Imagine spun out guitar solos in a dance-remix version where the samples are taken from FZ’s catalogue. So, again, I have to say “Hmm…Interesting”, only this time I would really like to see it being played by a DJ for a dance audience. I like this. I hadn’t thought this would be my cup of tea, but I really like it.
ZAPPATiKA! is scheduled to perform at Zappanale 21 on Saturday, August 14th, 2010. Take a glimpse of this unusual band in the following three videos, “Bamboozled by Love” live in Manchester, UK, on March 21st, 2009; “Wonderful Wino” and “The Ballad of Leroy” both live at the Project 24 gig in the Q-bus, Leiden, The Netherlands on December 12th, 2009:
McINNES – lead guitars, lead vocals & arrangements
ZOMBY WOOF: rhythm guitar & vocals
BATTA-TUTTI – drums & other loud noises
BILLY BONGO – percussion & twiddly things
DOCTOR LAU – sequencing, keys, computers, sonology
THE KID – bass
DADDO – guitar
KE – violin
WILLY WHIZZ – bass
NICO-H – vocals, accordion & looking good